Regina's Gang Problem

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Analysis of Regina’s Gang Problem Gabriel’s Crossing filmed by Brett Bradshaw provides an intense look at the social and personal problems surrounding the Aboriginal youth in North Central Regina. It provides a unique look to the lure of gang life and youth criminal activity from the prospective of those involved in the illegal activities. The lure to gang life and criminal activity in the film Gabriel’s Crossing is primarily a social problem surrounding Aboriginal youth. “When you have nothing what do you have to lose? Nothing.” The youth in the film are coming primarily from broken homes, with substance abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. These youth see violence and dysfunction every single day of their lives. Society as a whole is quick to look the other way and immediately label these youth as “bad” rather than exploring the route of the problem. This social problem would go back to the early times in history when the Aboriginal people were exploited, driven off their lands, forced onto reserves and thrown into residential schools, where they learned nothing but abuse and punishment. The Aboriginal people lost their culture, their language, their sense of which they are, and their parenting skills. All of this leads to a lack of coping skills, which intern leads to substance abuse, physical abuse, and poverty, which is handed down, from one generation to the next. So generation after generation, Aboriginal children live in poverty, surrounding by violence, surrounding by substance abuse, and the lack of education or help to pull themselves out of the society they live in. This leads young children and adolescents into the gang life. The one place in the world where they feel a sense of belonging and the one place they seem to have some power and control over their destiny.

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